Eric Stults gave us an acceptable effort last night, raising the streaming starter record to 94-55 for the season. Today's pick is Milwaukee's Marco Estrada (owned in 8.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Braves, while Wednesday's selection is San Diego's Clayton Richard (11.1 percent owned) versus the Cardinals at PETCO.
On to the news:
- Aroldis Chapman had his second straight bad outing on Monday, walking three of five batters before getting yanked. The Reds are worried about Chapman, with Dusty Baker citing shoulder fatigue and saying after the game that "we might need to rest him for awhile." With a 9.5-game lead in the NL Central, the Reds can afford to be cautious with Chapman. I don't know what "awhile" means when it comes to a brief vacation for Chapman, but unless the Reds expressly define it, you need to hold him and hope for the best.
- Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira will miss approximately 10-14 more days thanks to his calf strain. Counting today, there are 23 days left in the regular season. If you can find an everyday player - like Tyler Colvin, owned in just 17.4 percent of FOXSports.com leagues - to replace Teixeira, go ahead and cut him. Nick Swisher and Steve Pearce have been filling Teixeira's shoes, and figure to keep doing so.
- As mentioned here yesterday, Jered Weaver (shoulder) is listed as the Angels' probable starter on Thursday against the A's.
- Padres OF Carlos Quentin left Monday's game due to soreness in his right knee. You should consider Quentin day-to-day, and not expect him to play tonight.
- Lance Lynn will take Jake Westbrook's place in the Cardinals' rotation on Thursday. Remember in June, when everyone thought Lynn would be the NL Rookie of the Year? Lynn seems to be working out some control issues since his recent switch to the bullpen, and I'd consider giving him an NL-only spot start this week.
- The Pirates have promoted speedy SS prospect Chase d'Arnaud, and will use him as a pinch runner. You need to be really desperate in any fantasy format to pick up a pinch runner, even if he has 37 steals this season.
- The Phillies seem prepared to give slugging Darin Ruf a chance to play left field down the stretch. Ruf had 38 homers in Double A this season, including 20 (!!!) in August. NL-only owners with power needs should give Ruf a look.
- Once-ballyhooed prospect Jenrry Mejia () is expected to make three starts for the Mets before the end of the season, starting with Saturday against the Brewers. Mejia had a 3.54 ERA at Triple A this season, but didn't miss many bats (39 K in 73 2/3 IP). I'll pass.
- Brewers 1B Corey Hart (foot) is still day-to-day after missing Monday's game. Hart talked Monday about getting a cortisone shot, which would make him miss a couple of days.
- Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall homered last night in his first game since June 29. The Indians' website says that Chisenhall will be worked into the lineup "gradually."
- Rockies C Ramon Hernandez left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, and could be out for awhile.
- The Cubs hope to get rookie OF Brett Jackson (knee) back in the lineup tonight after a three-game absence. Jackson has hit four homers, but has struck out an astonishing 48 times in 94 at bats.
- Braves SS Andrelton Simmons returned to the lineup last night after a two-month absence. He's just OK if you need everyday at bats from the shortstop position.
- FYI, we're discontinuing my weekly Tuesday baseball chats for the rest of the season. Hopefully you already know that you can find me on Facebook and Twitter if you have any questions.
See you back here tomorrow morning.